Why did the Mets say no to a pretty reasonable Halladay offer?

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I mentioned nine potential trading partners in my silly little Roy Halladay post yesterday,
but I didn’t mention the Mets who, unlike most of those other teams,
apparently received and rejected a proposal from the Jays. The rumor
comes via TwitterSpeak from Jon Heyman:

#mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay. #jays

That would be Francisco Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and Ruben
Tejada. Which, despite what Mets fans will tell you, is not some elite
package or anything. If that’s all it takes to get Halladay, I’m going
to have to revise my “Halladay is not going anywhere” mantra.

I’m more interested in this from the Mets’ perspective. I suspect
saying no to this means that the Mets are acknowledging the reality of
their situation, and that’s that they’re not in the playoff race this
year. I further suspect that their saying no means that the Jays are
making good on their “no one gets to talk to Halladay about extensions
threat from last week and/or that the Mets don’t have the dough to
spend on a Halladay extension. After all, the Mets have to do this deal
if they think they’re contenders or if they can be assured of having
Halladay around for a while, because really, the requested package is
less than they paid to get Johan Santana.

Of course there’s one final possibility: The Mets are simply broke and can’t pay the dude.

UPDATE: OK, maybe all of this is bogus.

(link via BTF)

Video: Andrew Toles hammers grand slam in Cactus League win

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Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.

Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).

Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.

David Price’s season debut could be pushed back to May

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David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.

Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:

[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.

The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.